HOT WATER — Water, Peace & War


Virtual exhibition and discussion panel.
A panel of international guests — as part of Balance/UnBalance Conference held at the University of Arizona, in Phoenix, 27-29 March 2015 — will discuss selected contributions of "digital postcards, poems or texts" uploaded to Waterwheel on the theme of "HOT WATER—Water, Peace & War". The call out invited artists, scientists, activists, teachers and young people to contribute videos, images, animations, audio, texts or slideshows.

The call out, released in English, French and Spanish, contained the following text:
“The English expression ‘To be in HOT WATER’ means to be in trouble. Currently, climate change, environmental decline, rights violations, volatile politics and conflict all suggest ‘HOT WATER’. Water is a fundamental element for all beings on Earth. A symbol of life and a “common good” which should be available to all, water is quickly becoming a commodity to some, and often taken as hostage in conflicts to besiege and displace populations. Corporates, governments, and industries such as mining and tourism use it for their own short-term benefits, depriving people—especially Indigenous people and farmers—of their rights, causing pollution, threatening health and the environment, and compromising long-term water management.

How can art, science, design, and activism reinstate the social, cultural and environmental value of water? How can we share the responsibility of water in a positive way? How can we all preserve the right of access to water? How can intergenerational knowledge-sharing get us out of ‘HOT WATER’, end conflict and find peace?”

Panel 1:
Online panelists include Leah Barclay, Ian Clothier, Molly Hankwitz, Joanna Hoffmann and Silvana Tuccio

Panel 2:
Panelists at Balance-Unbalance include Leah Barclay, Nina Czegledy, Ilka Blue Nelson and Eric Leonardson.
Online Panelists include Lorraine Beaulieu, Molly Hankwitz and Alberto Vazquez.


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